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Alivia Kindel, 11, of Howard City, left, and Theresa Landis, 11, of Rockford, scream with excitement as they rise high into the air riding the “Crazy Surf” carnival midway ride at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds on Tuesday. The carnival midway will be open each day at 1 p.m. until dusk this week. Today, Thursday and Saturday, all-day wristbands can be purchased for $18. On Friday, which is “Kids Day,” wristbands will be available at a discounted rate of $12. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carnival midway is open at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair

From winning giant stuffed animals to spinning so quickly you can’t see straight, this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair carnival midway is shaping up to offer fun for fairgoers young and old. With the tantalizing aroma of Smoky B’s Barbecue lingering in the air and the evening sky illuminated with blinking carnival lights, the small-town fair atmosphere is considered a staple of annual 4-H festivities.

Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Year candidates, from left, Hayley Heft, Anne Thompson, runner-up Ericka Haag and 4-H’er of the Year, Rory Eldridge. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Third generation 4-H’er honored as Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Year

Thanks to a love instilled on his grandfather’s farm, Rory Eldridge of the North Central 4-H Club was named the Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year on Saturday.

Rory, of Stanton, is a third generation 4-H’er and got involved with 4-H when he was 10 years old.

The Montcalm Area Master Gardeners Association and teenagers from throughout West Michigan worked together Wednesday to plant a garden at the Bill Braman Center for Family Education in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Volunteers plant pollinator gardens at Braman Center in Greenville

Several dozen pairs of green thumbs were hard at work Wednesday in an effort to beautify a local educational facility. A group of youths from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan worked alongside members of the Montcalm Area Master Gardeners Association to create a garden at the Bill Braman Center for Family Education on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. The Braman Center features technology labs for advanced manufacturing applications, health-related training options, renewable energy studies and more.

From left, Greenville Youth Advisory council members, Greenville High School freshman Michelle Clark, 13, Greenville Middle School eight grade student Ashton Brummer, 13, and eight grade student Alivia Nelson, 13, work together to prepare peppers Monday at the monthly Feeding America food truck event at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grant supports monthly mobile food pantry program at GHS (PHOTOS)

From juicy, red tomatoes to an abundance of colorful, hot and zesty peppers, there was no shortage of fresh food items available for those in need Monday. In the parking lot of Greenville High School, Greenville Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) Vice President Tom Stephenson, 16, volunteered with his fellow advisory members, handing out 5,000 pounds of produce from a Feeding America food truck.

Lucas Fuhrman, 18, of Greenville, will report to Kings Point, New York, to the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy at the end of June, the only student from Michigan to be appointed to that service academy this year. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville graduate headed to prestigious U.S. service academy

Lucas Fuhrman has always felt at home on the water. Since he was a little boy, he’s had a passion for adventure and has taken that passion with him deep sea fishing and white water rafting. He also has an interest in taking things apart to see how they worked.

Members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority take a look Tuesday at historic photos of the Silver Theater, left, and the downtown district on the east side of Lafayette Street, right. Top right, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic observes Tuesday a historic photo showing Lafayette Street in Greenville before the road was paved or cars had been created. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA explores idea of historical boards along Lafayette Street

When Keith Hudson first moved to this city more than 40 years ago, it didn’t take him long to fall in love with it.

From the cycling trails and arts programs, to the bricks that built the foundation of Greenville’s first industrial buildings, the president of the Flat River Historical Society has made it a mission to educate others on what the city has to offer, from times both past and present.

Kathy Barnes, president of the Michigan Blue Star Mothers, reads a prepared statement during Monday’s Greenville Public Schools Board of Education meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville school board hears more feedback about honor cords

Emotions ran high Monday evening as nearly 20 people made their voices heard at the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education meeting. Public comment went on for nearly a full hour as one person after another stood to address the board regarding red, white and blue cords given to graduating students who had signed a contract to join the military.

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Greenville school staff and parents debate military cords at graduation

When 248 students graduated from Greenville High School last Sunday, it was a celebration of academic achievement.

But for 10 of those students, the occasion was clouded.

The 248 members of the Greenville High School class of 2016 listen Sunday as commencement speaker Steve Day delivers a speech. — Daily News/Cory Smith

248 from Greenville’s class of 2016 take the next step (PHOTOS)

There is but one day in four years of attending high school when a student can be considered the official guest of honor — graduation day. For the 248 seniors at Greenville High School, Sunday marked the final day in which they entered their school as students and exited as alumni.

Both Ruth Reed, left, and Marvel Linnan are active members of the Danish Sisterhood Society and the Red Hat Society. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Sisters named Danish Fest grand marshals

Ruth Reed and Marvel Linnan have been described as “Danes through and through.” This year, they will get the chance to showcase their Danish heritage publicly as the Danish Festival grand marshals for the festival’s 52nd year.